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Pathfinder Honor

Proposed Pathfinder Honor

This honor is being developed. It is not an official honor at this time. If you are interested in piloting the honor or have suggestions to improve it, please contact Mel Wade.

Beginning Robotics

  1. Create a portfolio with a minimum of
    • a picture of each successful design,
    • a printout of each successful program,
    • all peer coaching sheets,
    • a list of the terms listed in number 7 and their definitions.
  2. Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that will change directions and keep moving when bumping into objects like table legs, chairs, walls, etc.
  3. Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that, upon entering a tunnel, will reverse and back out of the tunnel and then come to stop.
  4. Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that will automatically turn on its headlight while passing though a tunnel and then automatically turn the light off after coming out the other side.
  5. Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that will travel in a square, ending at the same place it started.
  6. Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that will move 5 empty aluminum cans out of a 3-foot diameter circle, one at a time without knocking any of them over. Cans should be placed in the center of the circle forming an X with cans no more than 9 inches apart.
  7. Be able to use the following terms properly in your team conversations:
    • Energy
    • Efficiency
    • Friction
    • Lever
    • Inclined Plane
    • Pulley
    • Steering
    • Propulsion
    • Navigation
    • Manipulation
    • Center of Mass
    • Circumference
    • Engineering
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Robust Design
    • Stability
    • Ground Clearance
    • Input Devices
    • Output Devices
    • Input port
    • Output port
    • Sensors
    • Connectors
    • Motors
    • Robot
    • Loop
    • Download
    • Upload
    • Software
    • Firmware
    • Hardware
    • Programming
    • Wiring
    • Command
    • Icons
    • Gears
    • Bricks
    • Plates
    • Beams
    • Axels
    • Differential
    • Wheels and Pulleys

Peer Coaching Sheets should be used periodically during the design and building process. One team member askeds the question and records the answers while another team member answers. They should be a single page with three questions:

  1. Describe what you did.
  2. What work well?
  3. What would you change?

Advanced Lego Robotics

  1. Complete the Beginning Robotics Honor.
  2. Create a portfolio with a minimum of
    • a picture of each successful design
    • a printout of each successful program
    • all peer coaching sheets
    • a list of the terms listed in number 5 and their definitions
  3. Be at least in the 5th grade.
  4. Participate in an robotics challenge with a team of your peers or as a coach.
  5. Be able to use the following terms properly in your team conversations:
    • Torque
    • Gear ratio
    • Subassembly
    • Variable
    • Structures
    • Subroutines
  6. Write a two page report or make a 10 minute presentation on the role of robotics in today’s world.

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